The long road to PGA Tour for 42-year-old rookie

In this June 13, 2014 photo, Chris Thompson lines up a putts on the 12th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C. The Sony Open really is paradise for Thompson, who could have swam to Hawaii faster than it took him to reach the PGA Tour. He turned pro in 1999. Twenty years later, he finally is teeing it up along with the elite in golf. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

HONOLULU — Considering the long road he traveled and the setbacks that followed, it’s hard to imagine anyone at the Sony Open who appreciates this island paradise more than Chris Thompson. He could have swum to Hawaii in less time than it took him to reach the PGA Tour.